The sense of depth in an image, the so called âThird Dimensionâ or 3D, has always appealed strongly to me. I felt that only the ability to estimate the distance between objects, using both eyes, as in reality, can give the satisfaction of a realistic experience. For this reason I have long since begun to experiment on 3D photography and eventually constructed a system of two connected cameras, functioning simultaneously and rendering the images as seen by our left and right eye respectively. The combination of the two photos taken by these cameras, gives a result similar to our brainâs process.
When, in the summer of 2004, I saw the transformation that took place all around me in Athens, for the reception of the Olympic Games, my spontaneous reaction was to depict everything in âreliefâ through 3D technique. The games begun and for 15 days we lived a unique experience, that lifted us from the tedium of everyday life. Greece won the bet and organized truly unforgettable Olympic Games, dream games, obliging the former critics to apologize. During the games, equiped with my cameras, I tried to be everywhere and record, not so much the athletic events, but the sites and the atmosphere around them. I tried to convey the unique moments we lived in the Stadiums, summer evenings in the streets of Athens, Acropolis and Thision and various âhappeningsâ around town and the image of the city through the new constructions that changed its face.
So with this book I tried to record for you, this unforgettable experience of the Athens 2004 summer. .